Opening with a recap of all the different identities she has, Rev. Weber examines a passage in Mark that has Jesus asking: “Who do you say I am?”. In this message, as she interweaves lyrics from a Jessica Andrews song.
In a message that looks at the biological family of Jesus and their relationship with him, Rev. Young looks at the passage in Mark and compares it to our relationships with our family. As she explains in her message, our families are gifts that we sometimes don’t fully appreciate. In our lives, our calls are often different, but we need to understand the “why” of we are called to action by God.
“If the earthly house is destroyed, there is a building made by God in the heavens” Rev. Hunt opens his message with. He shared a message that reinforces the importance of us not losing heart and our relationship with God that is like a mother, a brother, a sister, or a father.
When you are a parent, you learn the things you should (and should not) say. Your children educate you. Rev. Carson opens a message about things changing with this statement. Throughout the message, he shows where changes are usually for the better.
“How’s your hearing?” This opening line from Rev. Gary Carson started a sermon outlining why when God speaks, it is important to listen. While selective hearing is one of the topics Rev. Carson also broaches in this message, he preaches on the prevalence of God’s voice in scripture and to each of us.
In looking at McLeod’s journey to find a new Pastor as a family road trip, Patrice shares a message that comes from the Gospel of Mark. As we follow the “GPS” of our journey, we are reminded that we are following the directions of our higher power.
In this message from Pastor Huggins, he shares some advice from a custodian at his first Church that inspired him to understand how to deliver a message that matters. Illustrating with the scripture from Mark, Pastor Huggins illuminated how we are all commanded to go out into the world with the Good News!
A Prophet Without Honor
1Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.9Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Despite our distractions and intrusions in daily life, we are often reminded of our need for God’s healing powers. This message centered around Jesus’ healing of a woman and raising of a dead girl, reminds us that we have a lot of people hurting in our world today that need our help and our prayers.
21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
36Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”40But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.